The last word on protests against the Tagore Samsung Award given by recently by the Sahitya Akademi has not been heard. Three Left cultural organisations — Progressive Writers Association, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh and Jan Sanskriti Lekhak Manch — are planning to hold a national symposium soon against corporatisation of a literary award.
There is also a plan to protest during the Sahitya Akademi's annual award. The fact that corporatisation has happened when the culture ministry is directly under PM Manmohan Singh has brought leading lights of the Hindi world like Namwar Singh, Manager Pandey, Krishna Sobti, Alka Sarogi and Virendra Dangwal together.
The Tagore Samsung Award in eight languages, given on January 25 by Kim Yoon-ok, the first lady of South Korea, during the recent visit of the South Korean president, has raised a big debate in the Hindi literary world with some of the leading names opposing a corporate house sponsoring the award.
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